You Don’t Recognize This Guy’s Face, but You’ll Know His Voice. Trust Us.

You never know who you’re going to meet on a cruise ship — rap stars, pop divas, soap actors. The list goes on and on. So when someone told me that Elmo Shropshire (aka Dr. Elmo) was performing with his three-man band onboard the inaugural run of American Queen last week, I naturally said, “Who?” [...]

Full Steam Ahead: 1 Race, 3 Boats, Lots of Drinking

Talk about a steamy situation — at least for the boats involved in Wednesday’s Great Steamboat Race, part of Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Festival. We’re on American Queen, whose port call in the city was fortuitously timed so it could take part in the race, which included the Belle of Cincinnati and the Belle of Louisville [...]

River Report: First Impressions From American Queen

So now that American Queen is back in service after Ms. Priscilla Presley re-christened it on Friday, how’s it doing? I’m onboard the inaugural run from Memphis to Cincinnati, and here’s the short answer: The world’s largest steamboat needs a little work. The good news is that the Great American Steamboat Company team, which brought [...]

Bathrobes in the Buffet: Too Casual?

Every now and then a wildfire develops on the Cruise Critic boards, usually by someone asking a simple question or throwing out a divisive opinion. So, a while back, it wasn’t all that surprising to see a raging debate over the matter of bathrobes in the buffet, or at the pool, or in the casino. [...]

Deal or No Deal: Will You Really Save on This Costa Offer?

If you’re a big Princess or Carnival fan, check your e-mail inbox for a missive from sister line Costa, which apparently is reaching out to Carnival Corp. siblings to fill its ships. We received an offer this morning dangling up to $300 in onboard credit if we booked a Costa cruise.

4 Ways Disney Fantasy Is Better Than Disney Dream — and 1 We’re Not So Sure About

With Disney Fantasy‘s star-studded christening behind us, thoughts now turn to the ship itself, a 4,000-passenger beauty that’s a sister to Disney Dream — but with its own special flavor. During a Thursday tour, we got an up-close glimpse of the vessel, with a focus on the new-and-improved areas. And at first blush, “improved” is [...]

7 Ports You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Visit

So many ports, so little time. It’s a big ol’ world, and cruise lines are constantly finding new places to explore. But what are the little treasures out there that you may not have considered visiting before? During the recent CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. conference onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, you couldn’t lob a wiffle [...]

‘Puss’ Push on Allure: Salma, Antonio, 2 Giant Cats … and One Surprising Guest Appearance

There’s always something to do on Allure of the Seas, though contact sports aren’t usually on the menu. On Sunday, dozens of print and web journalists jostled for space with photographers and TV cameras on Deck 15 of the world’s largest cruise ship. That’s where Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek strolled down a windy, rain-soaked [...]

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